Researchers have found that the Mediterranean region has the lowest mortality rate due to their mono-unsaturated rich diets compared to the U.S. and other countries. Diets rich in olive oil certainly reduces chances of cardiovascular disease.
A drizzle of olive oil in our recipes goes a long way. Instead of cooking in saturated fats, olive oil is a smart way to reduce bad cholesterol.
Olive oil lowers "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and leaves "good" (HDL) cholesterol in the system by preventing heart disease. It does this process by protecting the arteries from plaque that leads to hardening of the arteries.
Different Types Of Fats
|Type of Fat||Main Source||State at Room Temperature||Effect on Cholesterol Levels|
|Monounsaturated||Olives; olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil; cashews, almonds, peanuts, and most other nuts; avocados||Liquid||Lowers LDL; raises HDL|
|Polyunsaturated||Corn, soybean, safflower, and cottonseed oils; fish||Liquid||Lowers LDL; raises HDL|
|Saturated||Whole milk, butter, cheese, and ice cream; red meat; chocolate; coconuts, coconut milk, and coconut oil||Solid||Raises both LDL and HDL|
|Trans||Most margarines; vegetable shortening; partially hydrogenated vegetable oil; deep-fried chips; many fast foods; most commercial baked goods||Solid or semi-solid||Raises LDL|
This friendly FAT also has a cleansing effect on the digestive system. Spicy foods and saturated fats found in processed or fried foods can lead to stomach acid causing heartburn and stomach upsets. Ingesting 1 tablespoon on an empty stomach eliminates or significantly reduces any stomach irritation caused by certain diets. Surprisingly, chronic constipation may be relieved by ingesting 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in the morning on an empty stomach vs. prescription drugs that can be addicting.
Patients with arthritis have experienced positive results by alleviating the pain when replacing bad fats in their diets with olive oil. It alleviates inflammation, however, one must consider that an overall balanced diet combined with olive oil is key to good health.
Diabetics are recommended by doctors and alternative healers to consume more olive oil since studies have shown that olive oil appears to lower blood sugar levels. This statement has been confirmed by Dr. Garg at the Medical Center in Dallas.
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The miracle of olive oil amazingly contains powerful anti-oxidants that promote healthy cells internally and externally to even prevent breast cancer. A fact is that breast cancer in the U.S. is 50% greater than in the Mediterranean because Americans eat more bad fats.
You may want to apply olive oil externally on the skin (especially underneath sensitive eye areas) and hair as an anti-aging beauty aid, and to promote shiny hair and support supple skin. You'll be surprised at the healing powers of this ancient friendly FAT! Try it and you'll love it.
My secret to leaning out for a competition or a modeling shoot is to cook or grill from a can of pure olive oil spray when less cooking oil is necessary in losing body fat.
Believe it or not, I even spray it on my body to add sheen on muscle definition during a photo shoot or when I want to simply glow.
BONUS: Fat Facts From Anthony Ricciuto
Fat Contents Of Food
Hamburger (8oz lean)
Cheddar Cheese (1oz)
Cottage Cheese 1% (250g)
Olive Oil (Tbsp)
Flax Oil (Tbsp)
Salmon (3.5 oz)
Pork Chop (1)
Cashews (1 cup)
Peanut Butter (1Tbsp)
Fat Composition Breakdown
|Name||Fat Content In Seed %||Omega 3 Poly's(LNA %)||Omega 6 Poly'S(LA %)||Total Omega (LNA+LA)||Omega 9 Mono'S|
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